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Dafen Oil Painting Village

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Address: Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village...
One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt.
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Art, Art, Art

Had a few hours while visiting Shenzhen and took their very easy to use Subway to Dafen. So interesting to see the artists making copies of famous works of art. Each and every... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Had a few hours while visiting Shenzhen and took their very easy to use Subway to Dafen. So interesting to see the artists making copies of famous works of art. Each and every street is packed with little studios. Well worth a visit to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is the place where you can buy all sorts of reproduction paintings but there also original paintings by local painters. The place is quite distance from Shenzhen city centre.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is where many of the reproduction paintings that you see on the internet come from. But I would guess that around 10% of the paintings are original, which is still a lot! Amazing selection.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Spent a few hours walking around and bought some nice art for good prices. Worth a visit if you are looking to buy some art!

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The day I visited Dafen was to pick up a frame that I had ordered online. I went with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised of how quaint and genuine the place is. We went on a week day and it was nice and quiet, apparently it can get really busy on the weekends. It is chock full of little... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

It was raining the day we visited and a lot of the stores were closed. After wandering, we did find some artists painting and a few stores to browse in. Interesting how it was set up and it was along way out from the jade factory we visited.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Be careful and negotiate the prices. Would help if you take a local with you to negotiate on your behalf. Its is well worth a visit and you can get stuff done at a reasonable price. Ensure you shop around first. don't just take first offer either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

For a westerner, this will definitely be an odd sight to see. It is far out from the city, about a 35-40 minute metro ride from Luohu. After browsing through various shops and navigating through narrow alleyways, I came upon a multi-story art showroom called Pix2Oils. Name a painting, they'll have a fresh-painted replica in stock or will commission an... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I probably missed something, but I wouldn't call this an "artists" village. It is commercial, as is most of Shenzhen. There are many people on the street and in shops doing mediocre copies of famous paintings - if you want home decorations this is definitely the place to go! If you are thinking this will be a gallery or museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Far away from downtown Shenzhen , close to a Walmart lost in the suburbs ... You easily find The place to be for painting , art cafe , in blossom art museum and street art. All is free to visit ... If you want to discover , to escape or to get an original or copy of painting... This is... More 

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